Did you know that on average, people in the U.S. spent over $250 each last year on "fad" or "Lose Weight Fast" diets, while the growing number of obese individuals spent $1000's hoping the next miracle diet would solve their problem. Do you also know that you can start a complete & balanced weight program for much less that will work? The last thing a weight loss program should be is a financial strain on you and your family.
I feel that I need to clarify what I classify to be a Scam Diet so that we are all on the same page. A Scam Diet can be a diet/meal plan that promises large weight loss with little or no effort on your part or it can be a program that is designed to give you minimal weight loss while you continue to pay monthly membership fees. I will go into this in more detail as we continue in the article.
Now for some shocking news. Not all of the Diet Companies are here to help you! I am sorry to have to say this but it is the truth. These diet companies are in it for the MONEY, not your better health. If they have stock holders, their first priority is keeping them happy by generating constant profitable returns. Now, a well balanced weight loss plan and guide does cost money and spending money to lose weight to better your overall health is always a good investment. Yet one should try to avoid added expenses and fees if possible.
Let us look at some of the weight loss programs that I feel are "Diet Scams" and why.
Pre-Package Food Diets: As is stated earlier, some companies are in the diet industry just to make money. The surprising thing for some is that these companies are known as the brand names in weight loss. Names like Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem. These are all companies that sell food diets. I know what you are thinking "What? Are you crazy! These are scam diets?" I consider these to be scams as they require you eat meals bought from them at inflated prices. With program start-up fees plus $90-$130/week for their food you can pay over $600 in just the first month! That can reach totals over $6700 for a year! Now consider that most people will stay in these programs for years... I think you get the picture. These programs are created to make the most money with little effort for the company. They get you on the program and you keep on paying them even though you might not be following the plan.
Hollywood diets: These diets are just plain scary. These are some of the worse scam diets out there as they are unhealthy and provide temporary results! You have seen the, 'Lose 10 lbs in a week', 'Lose 5 inches in 5 days', 'Look like your favourite star if you drink these shakes' or 'Lose That Weight FAST Without Any Effort'. Yes these are quick, unhealthy and unsustainable. They are bad for your body and can cause other serious health issues. Some of these are the 'Grapefruit or Banana Diet', 'Cookie Diet', 'Hot Dog Diet' and the latest are special berries. Ignore fad diets, save your money.
Diet Pills: Wow... There are so many of these now it is hard to pick just one so I will hit on how these pills work as they are all basically the same. Some make you shed water making you feel thin but leaving fat behind. Others curb your hunger using caffeine as the main ingredient to naturally increases metabolism and energy. Why is caffeine in an expensive weight loss 'miracle' pill costing $60 to $100 per month. Drink black coffee, its cheaper in the long run.
Fat Burning Ab Equipment: I place this equipment under 'fads' as most of these are quickly thrown away after a few weeks of use. Some will spend hundreds on ab machines that make claims like "You can lose 50lbs in 10 days". There are ab rollers, jumpers, twisters and others. They can build abdominal muscles, but will do nothing about the covering fat. It is important to exercise but in most cases you are going to get better results with a walking program them most of these ab equipment fads.
Ignore the scams, only a well balanced weight loss plan & regular exercise will help you shed that fat!